The following initiatives are closely related to the PI project:


A 2011 survey conducted by eyefortransport revealed that the key drivers for collaboration in the supply chain are: cutting distribution costs, enhanced customer service, and increased efficiency; the barriers to collaboration include: fear of disclosure, lack of widespread acceptance, and legal contract issues. The survey also revealed that having a gain-sharing model in place is the key step to enable collaboration.    <survey report>     <summit>

Empty Miles Program

The Empty Miles Program is a new web-based backhaul (lane-matching) service from VICS, powered by the GS1 North America Collaboration Zone that enables a collaborative business process for identifying transportation efficiency opportunities between trading partners.    <more>

Coalition for Transportation and Productivity

A group of more than 160 shippers, carriers and industry associations that are committed to increasing gross vehicle weights on interstates from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds for an additional axle, improving the utilization of existing equipment. <more>


Global Packaging Project

The Consumer Goods Forum has completed the first phase of the Global Packaging Project, providing a framework and measurement system that companies can use to make informed decisions about packaging and sustainability.  <more>



The European Union's e-FREIGHT project is aimed at the following:  strengthening the internal market and competitiveness;¬†improving regulation to create a more dynamic business¬†environment; and promoting sustainable development.   <more>


Future Value Chain 2020

Two hundred executives from leading retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, academics, third-party providers and industry organizations participated in "2020 Future Value Chain: Building Strategies for the New Decade."  The report outlines the changing trends that will greatly impact industry over the next decade.  In addition, the report outlines a number of strategic objectives for consumer product manufacturers and retailers and provides examples of tactics that can help the industry achieve these objectives .   <more>



The 1997 X-Modall study was proposed to validate a new approach to an integrated (multi-modal) and optimized freight network.  The objective of the study was to “resolve the impending crisis within European freight transportation by offering a fully integrated, practical, low-cost and low resource solution to improve freight flows radically in terms of time, reliability, performance and cost with respect to multi-modal integration.”  According to the summary report, savings of 10-15% in freight operations could be achieved. <Summary Report>

The following technologies, concepts, and organizations were found by our members:

PI-Enabling Technologies
GS1 defines standards across supply chain operations to increase efficiency as seen in these case studies.

GS1 Standards in Transport

and Logistics

Ryder received a patent for Logistics Release, a web-based tool for manufacturing supply chains that pools data from shippers, carriers and consignees. Ryder's Software for Collaborative Distribution
Two companies offering software solutions for cube utilization are TOPS and CAPE.


Companies Using
PI-Related Concepts
Kane is Able is a 3PL company that uses collaborative distribution and offers integrated warehousing, packaging, and transporataion solutions. Kane is Able
This domain name is used by Music City Logistics, a 3PL company based in Nashville, TN.
Freight Matrix software supports decisions regarding logistics planning through "what-if" analysis, transportation planning and procurement, and inventory analysis. Freight Matrix
GXS is an e-commerce company with a "cloud computing" platform for information flow in the supply chain. GXS
Red Prairie's Transportation Management Solution utilizes pool points and zone skipping so that shipments can be routed through the pool points using multiple carriers.

Red Prairie's Transportation Management Solution

The Bombay Tiffin Box Suppliers Association employs 5,000 lunch deliverymen (known as Dabbawalas).  For over 115 years, the Dabbawalas have delivered lunch packed in two- or three-tier metal boxes (called dabbas) from subscribers' homes to their workplaces.  The Dabbawalas have achieved phenomenal service rates, with only 1 mistake out of 16 million deliveries. Dabbawalas
Cargoshell has developed a lighter, collapsible container with a track and trace system that would lower CO₂ emissions substantially, given large-scale introduction of the container.


PI-Related Organizations
The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association works to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire supply chain. VICS
Members of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals benefit from networking opportunities and receive practical, "how to" solutions to supply chain issues.


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